Air Quality Curriculum Now Available

From Elaine Hampton, via EcoEd

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A free curriculum about border air quality is available to everyone in Spanish and English at

Modules of 3 to 6 lessons, for Grade 3 through High School, take students through inquiry science, social justice, and community engagement.

For example:

  • Fourth graders learn about air pollution caused by burning hydrocarbons from fossil fuels. They explore what it feels like to breathe if you have respiratory problems, and they make plans to have less air pollution around their school.
  • Sixth graders measure temperature changes in ambient air compared to CO2 to understand the greenhouse effect and the foundations of climate change. They create public service announcements about the climate issues for the school news channel and their families.
  • Using the important environmental history of the ASARCO copper smelter located near downtown El Paso, high school students learn how to identify sources of air pollution, the chemical behavior of these polluting compounds, and then explore options to reduce chemical air pollutants.

A project of the El Paso Independent School District and The University of Texas at El Paso, Center for Environmental Resource Management, funded by Environmental Protection Agency, U.S.-Mexico Border Environmental Education, Outreach and Support Program, 66.037. Supported in part by a grant from the USEPA Office of Air and Radiation, Grant #IT-83509301.


New Partnership with New Mexico MainStreet Program

NMMS logoEEANM will partner with four NM MainStreet Program locations–Raton, Farmington, Grants and Truth or Consequences–to hold teacher workshops using the secondary module of Project Learning Tree (PLT), Places We Live. The PLT guidebook offers a planning curriculum as a way of assessing and affecting the urban environment. Continue Reading →

NM PLT Facilitator Training in Southern NM

PLT New MexicoOn April 21, 2012 in Las Cruces, a small group of Project Learning Tree educators gathered to become certified facilitators of the program. The group included Barbara Nuzzo and Dr. Kathy Whiteman from the Gila Conservation Education Center in Silver City, Helen Fields and Georgina Jacquez from Carlsbad Caverns National Monument, and Phillip Argüello from Hillrise Elementary in Las Cruces. The new facilitators will schedule fall trainings in their regions for other educators. Dates to be announced!

This information was originally published in EE Connections for Spring 2012 [PDF].

Gila Conservation Education Center in Silver City

Students studying water quality in Silver City.

GCEC Education Coordinator Barbara Nuzzi (left) with Silver High School students studying water quality along San Vicente Creek in Silver City.

Here in the Gila Valley in southwestern New Mexico, the departure of the sandhill cranes marks the beginning of a new season. The cottonwoods and willows are beginning to break bud along the river, the mountain snows are melting, and the poppies are in bloom.

The Gila Conservation Education Center (GCEC) is busy coordinating year-end school events and, thanks to funding from a “More Kids in the Woods” grant, we’re beginning preparation of our 9th Annual Children’s Water Festival this September. This season of renewal is a reminder of how much GCEC continues to grow! Continue Reading →